Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 18, 2014

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Preservation of historic Hwy 99 Bridge at St. Peter delayed until 2017


MANKATO, Minn. – Originally set for preservation work this season, the historic Hwy 99 Bridge over the Minnesota River at St. Peter, will be postponed until 2017, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The low bidder, Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc. did not meet the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises goal of 4.3 percent, nor, after further review, did they make a good faith effort to hire DBEs.  All projects that receive federal funding must provide an opportunity for DBEs, which are women- and minority-owned businesses, to participate.

MnDOT could have considered awarding the $4 million project to the next low bidder, but it is too late in the construction season to complete the project and has opted to postpone the project until the flood mitigation projects on Hwy 22 and Hwy 169 area complete. For more information on the flood mitigation projects visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/floodmitigation/.

MnDOT will re-let the bridge preservation project in 2017.  The work, which requires a detour, includes a new bridge deck and sidewalk, strengthening the truss floor beams, abutment and pier work, re-painting, new lights and stabilizing erosion. 

The 1931 steel truss Hwy 99 Minnesota River Bridge is on the National Register of Historic bridges and was selected for special preservation by MnDOT and Federal Hwy Administration. The Hwy 99 bridge is inspected every year and is structurally sound to continue to carry traffic.  For more information on historic bridges www.dot.state.mn.us/historicbridges/ .